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Live Review


It’s been ten years since August Burns Red released their album, ‘Messengers’, so to celebrate, the metalcore outfit are touring the album that is beloved by many of their older fans. Quite often the United Kindom misses out on these special occasion type shows, but I was stoked that we had the opportunity to witness the momentous occasion before they headed out to mainland Europe. Supporting August Burns Red on the UK leg of the tour was Exeter metalcore act Napoleon.

It was a truly epic performance, I just hope we get the same for ‘Constellations’ in a couple of years because that would be phenomenal.

Read the full review at Broken Arrow Magazine here


Counterparts at The Camden Underworld, London: Live Review

It’s not every day that the Camden Underworld sells out, but the chance to catch American hardcore favourites Expire play their last ever gig in the United Kingdom was bound to pack the venue out. Not only that but a stellar lineup featuring one of the UK’s most promising hardcore acts in Renounced, Knocked Loose, who were playing London for the first time, Somerset melodic hardcore outfit, Landscapes and Canada’s hottest hardcore act Counterpartsto close the night off, there was high expectations for this night from the start.

This was a show that was up there as one of the best I’ve seen all year, each set grabbed my attention. Renouncedcontinue to impress with each show, Knocked Loose proved to be a force to be reckoned with, Landscapes unleashed a emotion like no other, Expire were mind blowing and it’s a massive shame this was the last time we’ll get to see them. Counterparts being on two 10/10 shows of the year is no coincidence, both times they were a real highlight. Next time they come back to the UK, be there.

Read the full review at Broken Arrow Magazine here

Architects at Brixton Academy, London: Live Review

This was the final night of an emotional European tour for Architects. A sold out O2 Brixton Academy which saw the likes of fellow brits Bury Tomorrow and California’s Stick To Your Guns also pay tribute to the guitarist. A theme ran throughout the night as the bands all shared like-minded views on politics and world affairs. Every band on the night had their say on wanting to change the world for the better.

Find the full review at Broken Arrow Magazine here



Faintest Idea at The Black Heart, London: Live Review

Sunday nights aren’t commonly the time for partying, but somebody forgot that memo by booking Kings Lynn ska punks Faintest Idea to get rowdy in Camden. Faintest Idea had recently toured Europe and are now on a run of UK shows before they get restless sitting at home. Joining the ska outfit on the night was Millie Manders and her backup band The Shut Up, providing a lot of fun and energy, also on the bill was reggae dub act Tree House Fire to deliver chilled out vibes.

Once again Faintest Idea remains one of the tightest acts and they never fail to impress. It was a great end to an awesome night of ska and reggae, every band put in a solid effort. We can look forward to more of these ska-fueled events from Our Bookings in the future.

Full live review at Broken Arrow Magazine here


Virgina Hardcore outfit Down To Nothing hasn’t been to the UK in quite a long time before this tour. In fact, it has taken the quintet nearly four years to make it back to our little island. In that time the Down To Nothing released their ‘Life On The James’ album and members have been busy in their other established bands, such as Terror and Fire & Ice. This was a big occasion as it marked ten years to the date that Down To Nothing had first played The Underworld, that first time was at Ninjafest 2006.

It was a great night for discovering new bands, Firm Standing Law are a band to keep an eye on, Full Strength and Break Away were new to me, but both were highly impressive. Down To Nothing were worth a four-year wait – hopefully they won’t take so long to come back next time.

Find the full review at Broken Arrow Magazine here.

Wotsit Called Fest 2016: Review

Wotsit Called Fest follows the growing trend of Hastings punk shows with large lineups; much like Hastings Punk Fest has over the last couple of years. Toxic Wotsit promotions, run by a couple of members in Matilda’s Scoundrels, had the brilliant idea of bringing their friends from up North down to party with us in the South.

Featuring sets from Faintest Idea, Revenge of the Psychotronic Man, Nosebleed, Matilda’s Scoundrels, Bono, No Ta and The Barracks.

“Overal this has been one of the funnest shows I have seen at The Union Bar in a long time. A massive shout out toDan and Jens at Toxic Wotsit for organising the show. Also huge credit goes out to the Manchester and Leeds bands for bringing their mates down to the south coast. Never before have I seen so many cheesy puff snacks thrown around at a show, or has the TUB wall hole been used to signal a rebirth. Wotsit Called Fest, you have been a strange but wonderful event. We all await the follow up in 2017.”

Read the full review at Broken Arrow Magazine here.

My Boomtown Diary parts 1 & 2

I went to Boomtown fair, the home of diversity when it comes to music. No other festival compares. From reggae and ska to drum n bass and trance. There is something for everyone. I spent a lot my time in the punk stages over the four days. Catching sets from the likes of Leftover Crack, Faintest Idea, The Filaments, Popes of Chillitown and countless others. Below are links to parts 1 and 2 of the festival review which I Did for Broken Arrow Magazine.

Part 1 – Thursday and Friday

Part 2 – Saturday and Sunday



Download Festival – Sunday: Review

Broken Arrow Magazine’s review of the Sunday at Download Festival. This includes; Amon Amarth, Frank Carter and the Rattlesnakes, Tremonti, Billy Talent, NXT wrestling, Don Broco and Iron Maiden.

For the full review head to Broken Arrow Magazine here

Download Festival – Saturday: Review

Broken Arrow Magazine’s review of the Saturday at Download Festival. This includes; Avatar, Beartooth, Atreyu, Anti-Flag, Neck Deep, Pennywise, NOFX and Black Sabbath.

For the full review head to Broken Arrow Magazine here

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